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Province stands by plan to improve math scores
This comes after report released solidifying need for action
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Ontario's education minister is brushing aside a report by the Fraser Institute solidifying students' poor performance in math.

Liz Sandals says it contains nothing about math scores that hasn't been proven before when the standardized testing results were released.

The Fraser Institute's recently released Elementary School Report Card shows by Grade 6, the number of students who were improving in math has gone down from 28 per cent to 17 per cent.

Sandals underlined the province is taking steps to improve math when asked about curriculum changes. Ontario announced last month it's pumping $4 million in subsidies for teachers to take courses to update their math skills.

Sandals says the province also wants to explore how technology would help - both in class and at home - and also have teachers use a variety of in-class techniques to teach math.

However, PC Education Critic Rob Leone believes the education minister is being 'neglectful' of students, pointing to the province's math scores.

Leone says this has been a problem in the province for over 10 years.

He says parents tell him their kids aren't learning multiplication or long division anymore. He says these methods shouldn't be abandoned because students have access to calculators.

The report also gave six Toronto elementary schools perfect scores of 10 in its rankings - St. Michael’s Choir,  Arbor Glen, Hillmount, Cottingham, Seneca Hill,  and Sathya Sai.

The Ontario average is 6.0.

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Ontario's education minister is brushing aside a report by the Fraser Institute solidifying students' poor performance in math.

Liz Sandals says it contains nothing about math scores that hasn't been proven before when the standardized testing results were released.

The Fraser Institute's recently released Elementary School Report Card shows by Grade 6, the number of students who were improving in math has gone down from 28 per cent to 17 per cent.

Sandals underlined the province is taking steps to improve math when asked about curriculum changes. Ontario announced last month it's pumping $4 million in subsidies for teachers to take courses to update their math skills.

Sandals says the province also wants to explore how technology would help - both in class and at home - and also have teachers use a variety of in-class techniques to teach math.

However, PC Education Critic Rob Leone believes the education minister is being 'neglectful' of students, pointing to the province's math scores.

Leone says this has been a problem in the province for over 10 years.

He says parents tell him their kids aren't learning multiplication or long division anymore. He says these methods shouldn't be abandoned because students have access to calculators.

The report also gave six Toronto elementary schools perfect scores of 10 in its rankings - St. Michael’s Choir,  Arbor Glen, Hillmount, Cottingham, Seneca Hill,  and Sathya Sai.

The Ontario average is 6.0.

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